Career Planning for Residents

For the 14th consecutive year, the demand for family physicians outpaced the demand for other specialists, according to the 2020 Merritt Hawkins survey. Family medicine is an excellent career choice!

As you complete your residency, there are a variety of questions you'll ask yourself:

The questions are endless! Check out some of these resources to help find some answers.

What practice setting is right for me?

From private practice to urgent care and from academic institutions to community health centers, there are a variety of practice settings and career choices to choose from. 

While you probably have a general sense of your practice preference, you may want to utilize AAFP's Practice Preference Worksheet to identify your priorities in areas such as practice style, community type and georgraphic location.

If you'd like to talk with a family physician in a specific practice setting, please contact the MAFP office and we'll work with you to locate a member who would be willing to further answer your questions.

Where should I look for a job?

There are several career boards with opportunities for family physicians in numerous locations across the country. Here are a few locations to start your search:

AAFP has also created a Job Planning and Tracking Tool that you may find useful during your search.

How do I write a curriculum vitae?

A curriculum vitae (CV) is similar to a resume in that it documents your educational and professional accomplishments. But unlike a resume, it is typically more detailed and can also be used to highlight your personal interests and activities. The AAFP provides a quick overview of key elements you'll want to be aware of when writing your CV.

If you're attending the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students, be sure to bring your CV along. Not only will you have the ability to meet with hundreds of potential employers, you can also utilize the complimentary CV review by volunteer family medicine residency program directors and faculty in the Exposition Hall.

How do I negotiate an employment contract?

Negotiating a contract can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be! If you prepare and do your research, you can successfully negotiate to come out on top. From determining what is right for you and your worth to understanding the elements in a contract, you'll want to review the AAFP's Negotiating Employment Contracts guide.

Additional resources that may be helpful when negotiating your employment contract include: